I went with my Dad to the 2011 Gatornationals this past weekend. Had a blast. I took a couple hundred pics that I’ll post a summary of elsewhere.
We went to Garlits’s International Drag Racing Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Thursday night. I had the pleasure of briefly meeting the man. It was great to hear some of the stories that were told by all. I thought Frey did a great job as a emcee.
On Friday we went to the Gainesville track. Nice facility. Wandered around the Pits, lost my Dad. Turns out he was in Cunningham’s trailer talking to Bob Glidden.
When I was looking for him originally I saw Glidden under the car changing out a rear-end and all I could think was “This is the hardest working man ever”.
On Saturday we returned for a autograph session in the morning and then a starting line gig.
The picture included with this post is from the starting line deal. However it comes about from a screw up on my part. I had a basic press credentials that did not allow access to ‘restricted areas’. Naturally, that’s where I wanted to be to be able to get some decent images.
Anyway, I went back to the main grandstand and got this picture.
The ad is as it appears. The creator stretched the ‘Taxi’ to get the effect.
The Gapp related highlights of the ad are the following:
Sanair – GrandNational Molson event
Pro Stock Winner – Wayne Gapp
New Pro Stock ET Record – Wayne Gapp
Popular Hot Rod meet at US-131
Pro Stock Winner – Wayne Gapp
Pro Stock Top Qualifier – Wayne Gapp
From Hot Rod, November 1975
“They all laughed when Gapp & Roush first fielded this 4-door Maverick, but not anymore. Wayne Gapp drove it to his third straight NHRA Pro Stock title of the season after qualifying with a 8.85 for third sport, beating Lamar Walden, Reid Whisnant, Lee Edwards, Low Qualifier Wally Booth and Richie Zul’s fantastic big-block Camaro on the final, 8.83 to 8.95.”
Check it out. This is the right half of a full page 1970’s ad for MPC model car lineup.
You could get the Mummy machine…The Grand Superfly(!!)….and…
WHOA! The Gapp & Roush Pinto model? NHRA National Champs! I’ll take 2!!
Winners of the IHRA U.S. Nationals in 1974.
Strange that the NHRA and IHRA had a race with the same name.
From late 1973 to late 1975 WG was on a roll. Won this race.
Not many folks get a win at NHRA’s U.S. Nationals. It is considered THE race of the year.
This is from the July 25th 1975 Issue of National Dragster. See the original entry here.
Of all the evening’s winners, few enjoyed the ceremonies more than Wayne Gapp, the man who has been a frontrunner all year, but seemingly had some trouble with coming through in the final rounds. After losing the Winternationals to Bob Glidden on a holeshot and then fouling to Glidden in the Gatornationals final, Gapp admittedly had been the subject of criticism within the ranks as for his driving expertise, but the skeptics were silenced at this race as he came through in flying colors via a solid trouncing of Bill “Grumpy” Jenkins (8.80 to an 8.93) to claim the win and stop Jenkins’ own personal three-event winning streak at Summernationals events.
A major factor behind the Gapp & Roush win was their frantic engine change between the second and third rounds. After hitting an 8.96 in the first round, Gapp slowed to 9.03 in the second, and concluded that his engine had “gone south.” The subsequent engine change brought forth a resounding 8.84 in the semi’s, setting the stage for his 8.80 thrashing of “the Grump.” The 8.80 was, of course, Low E.T. of the Meet and also a new National Record. Jenkins did have the consolation of setting Top Speed with a clocking of 154.90 mph.
This is a pic, provided to me by Tom Tate, of G & R’s first Pro Stock Maverick. Boss 429 Power. Lot’s of shaking out of the concept and the engine occurred on this vehicle.